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Welcome to the Alameda Unified School District.

It’s no secret why Alameda is recognized as one the nation’s 100 best communities for young people—Alameda’s innovative and outstanding programs and services for social and emotional well-being make us an amazing place for youth to live, learn and grow. Thank you for being part of our city and of our district!

Our schools are the backbone of a thriving Alameda; they are composed of students who come to school well prepared and eager to learn.  Parents and families are concerned with success and provide outstanding support for their children.  The PTA, school clubs, and many volunteers contribute countless hours and resources to our students and schools.  AUSD’s goal is for our students to gain the skills that will allow them to become successful, confident, contributing members of society. We turn to you as our partner in education and welcome you to get involved either in your child’s classroom, your school site council, your school’s parent community, and or by adopting a classroom via the Alameda Education Foundation

For comments or suggestions about our parent and family page, please feel free to contact our office by phone (510) 337-7190, via email at cmedina@alameda.k12.ca.us or in person at our district office located at 2060 Challenger Drive, Alameda, CA 94501.

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What should your child be reading?

Every child’s reading level is determined by his/her reading comprehension, a level measured by his or her performance in the California Standards Test. Your child’s reading list number can be found in your child’s STAR report. The California Dept. of Education has compiled a great resource for parents to help them identify books that match each child's reading level and are appropriate for his or her age.


How to Use the Reading List Number

  1. First, go to the state's reading list, click on the "search for a reading list" link: California Reading List.

  2. Search for a book by entering your child's grade level as well as the Reading List Number (01 to 13+) from your child's STAR Report.

  3. The site will bring up titles, authors and short summaries of all materials that match your child's reading level.

  4. You can refine your search by filling in a keyword, such as "animals" or "mystery."


Instead of selecting books strictly by grade level, the California Reading List allows you to find grade-level books with suitable content. For example, if your seventh grader is reading at the 11th grade level, you can find books written at a high school level that have topics and themes that are interesting for a younger reader.

Resources - Links

*The below links will take you outside Alameda Unified School District's website. AUSD cannot attest to the accuracy of information provided by linked sites. Linking to a website does not constitute an endorsement by AUSD, or any of its employees, of the sponsors of the site or the products presented on the site.


School Related

Common Core Resources
What you need to know about the new Common Core standards transition

STAR Test Results
Each spring, California students in grades 2 through 11 take the CSTs (California Standards Test)  as part of the state's STAR (Standardized Testing and Reporting) program. Find the results here.

Academic Performance Index (API)
The API is a single number on a scale of 200 to 1,000 that indicates how well a school performed the previous year. The API is used to rank schools, set growth targets, and compare schools.

How California Ranks: A Comparison of Education Expenditures
Ed Source looks at how California's schools compares to the 50 states in a number of areas, such as spending per pupil (38th), students per teacher (next to last) and average teacher's salary (6th).

A Parent Guide: California's New Mathematics Standards
What Students Are Expected to Learn explains the state's new ambitious math requirements for K-12 students and discusses some of the issues involved in implementing those standards. Available in English and Spanish.

PTA - California 
National Parent Teacher Association (PTA)

PTA Council - Alameda
Alameda's Parent Teacher Association Council for Alameda

Eschool News
eSchool News gives you the latest news on K-20 school technology issues.


Parenting Related

Alameda Family Services
Alameda Family Services is a human services organization whose programs improve the emotional, psychological and physical health of children, youth and families.

Alameda Multicultural Community Center
The AMCC provides critical services and advocacy to primarily under served low-income communities of color.  

Connected Parents

Wiki intended parents to stay connected with each other and share resources.

Early Childhood Education: From Birth to Three
Zero to Three provides downloadable Healthy Minds handouts that are based on findings from a report from the National Academy of Sciences that examined research on child and brain development to establish what is known about a child’s development from birth until age three.

The Alameda Collaborative for Children, Youth and Their Families
Add your calendar events, find key resources/links. Site includes the Youth Yellow Pages, Child Care Needs Analysis, and many other useful items.

Federation for Children With Special Needs 

Resources for parents with special needs students

Alameda Hospital
Health information, services and resources provided by Alameda Hospital.